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Firefighters reach 70% containment in Cave Fire, 3,126 acres burned

300 firefighters are still assigned to the fire
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Posted at 6:50 AM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 23:05:29-05

(UPDATE: 8:00 p.m.): Santa Barbara County Firefighters say the Cave Fire is now 70 percent contained.

The acres that have burned remains at 3,126.

Fire officials say they will release another update at 7 a.m. Friday.

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Firefighters will spend Thanksgiving working to mop up and contain the Cave Fire burn area in the Santa Barbara front county.

As many as 900 firefighting personnel were assigned to the incident Wednesday but after receiving rain over the burn area, fire officials were able to send hundreds of firefighters home.

Capt. Daniel Bertucelli with Santa Barbara County Fire Department says about 300 firefighters will remain on scene at the Cave Fire.

Acreage and containment of the fire has not changed since Wednesday night. The fire burned just over 3,100 acres and is 40 percent contained.

An estimation for full containment has not been given at this time. All evacuation orders and warnings were lifted Wednesday morning.